Supervisory Training Program

AGC’s Supervisory Training Program (STP) is a comprehensive six-course program focusing on the knowledge and skills every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment, and materials. STP is a nationally recognized training standard that has been the professional development resource of choice for more than 130,000 construction supervisors and managers. The comprehensive six-course certificate program is based on AGC of America’s curriculum and will benefit anyone on a construction jobsite who is in, or aspires to, a supervisory role. The STP curriculum creates an unmatched learning experience for participants. Every STP course is activity-based, with discussions, case histories, problems, on-the-job training, and exercises. Participants in STP courses draw upon their field experience and learn by interaction with others from all areas of the construction industry.

Course Descriptions:

Unit 1: Leadership & Motivation

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others. It will help you recognize your style of leadership and how to utilize other styles when appropriate.

  • The dollars and sense of people in construction
  • The role of the construction supervisor
  • Helping people perform better
  • Analyzing worker needs to affect motivation; leading others
  • Providing positive feedback to improve job performance, attitudes and abilities
  • Training and orienting crew members
  • Teams and team building
  • Leadership skills in action

Unit 2: Oral & Written Communication

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site. You will acquire the skills and understanding of positive, direct communication with an emphasis on construction supervision.

  • Effective communication
  • Learning to listen
  • Carrying on conversations
  • Persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation
  • Communicating with all levels of an organization
  • Putting it in writing
  • Meetings that work
  • Electronic communication
  • Improving communication

Unit 3: Planning & Scheduling

Construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process.

  • Preparing the project plan
  • Communicating the plan
  • Preparing bar chart and critical path schedules
  • Computer use in scheduling
  • Using the schedule on the jobsite
  • Updating the construction schedule
  • The schedule as documentation
  • Using planning and scheduling

Unit 4: Contract Law & Documents

This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.

  • Introduction to contract documents and construction law
  • Creating a positive environment through partnering
  • Contractual relationships
  • Contract forms and documents
  • Managing general conditions
  • Good documentation practices
  • Changes
  • Differing site conditions
  • Time impacts
  • Negotiation of resolutions

Unit 5: Construction Productivity & Cost Management

This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.

  • Construction estimates
  • Who controls project costs
  • Reporting and analyzing actual costs
  • Planning for cost control
  • Cost control strategies
  • Labor cost variances
  • Working with project partners
  • Managing risk and loss potentials
  • Cost control strategies
  • Post-project evaluations
  • Benchmarking construction productivity
  • Improving productivity through preplanning
  • New skills for effective supervision
  • Personnel management
  • Equipment management for productivity improvement
  • Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling
  • Quantifying lost labor productivity
  • Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis

Unit 6: Risk Management & Problem Solving

This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.

  • Safety leadership, communication and expectations
  • Planning for site safety
  • Site safety management
  • Site security and protection
  • Multi-employer jobsite safety
  • Construction risk management
  • Safety and human resources
  • Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents

2024 / 2025 Schedule 

  • Unit 1: Aug-Sept 2024
  • Unit 2: Oct-Nov 2024
  • Unit 3: Dec-Jan 2025
  • Unit 4: Jan-Feb 2025
  • Unit 5: Mar-Apr 2025
  • Unit 6: May-June 2025

STP Advisory Board Members

Amber Shepard

Self-Perform Assistant Manager

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Brad Nelson

General Superintendent

Hensel Phelps

Jeff Dalton

Vice President

FCL Builders, LLC


Talent & Development Manager

DP Electric

Ryan Poropat

Field Operations Manager


Stephen Nichols

Instructional Design & Training Manager

Arizona Builders Alliance

Zachary Byard, CHC

Director of Operations

Adolfson & Peterson Construction